The Methodist Church Tower Hamlets

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2018 is the 150th anniversary of Bethnal Green Methodist Church
The July weekend of celebrations was much enjoyed by all who came and participated. It was lovely to welcome the local MP and local councillors to our Sunday Service, along with representatives from Action for Children - who will be celebrating the foundation of the National Children's Home alongside the Church at Bethnal Green, next year.  

Bethnal Green’s 150th anniversary has not finished: It continues for the rest of the year!  We are planning development of our church buildings, welcoming the community and those in need.
So stay connected through the circuit newsletter and/or contact the Rev'd John Hayes (07531 243327)

See John's thanks for the anniversary weekend

Saturday 14th July 11:00 - 1:00

Table Top Fund-raising sale at Old Ford Church 
It's £10 to "rent" a table, so who do you know with something to sell, who'd like a stall at our market?
Just £5 for non-commercial sellers, and it's a big table, so two friends could share!
Refreshments on sale; Ice lollies were popular at Bethnal Green, so perhaps they will be available too!

To book a table contact Chris Philbey on 0208 980 8307
Offers of help to Chris or Rev'd John 07531 243327
Hurry to help us make this a success.  
Come for tea (or a lolly!) and buy some little thing on Sat 14th
Detailed info to inform potential sellers

12:30pm Sunday 15th July
Broken – session 6  - at Bethnal Green Methodist Church,
Follow Father Michael Kerrigan, a Catholic priest in an urban parish in northern England. Father Michael works with a congregation and community who are struggling to reconcile their beliefs with the challenges of daily life in contemporary Britain. The concluding episode provides some resolution to some of the challenges we have shared in in the drama. Come and share as we are challenged and asked to reflect on these life changing situations. 

LONDON DISTRICT CONFERENCE July 20 (6 pm) - July 22 (3 pm)
High Leigh Conference Centre Share stories, Learn about Migration, Equip Yourself to ‘Make a Difference’ This is a family event with a children’s and youth programme offered! 

Christian Aid Collection: final total reaches £1,120 

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The need is very great as Christian Aid responds to emergencies around the world, as well as campaigning against the causes of poverty and the reality of climate change 

Old Ford Church is open every Tuesday 13.30-15.00 for craft-work, coffee and cake.  Bring any craft you are working on.  Beginners welcome

Old Ford  

On the second Tuesday of each month, 12.30, there is a light lunch at Old Ford with an opportunity for conversation, prayer and then a short service. These are all open to anyone living locally, as well as to everyone across the circuit.  NB Next session: 14th August. No session on 10th July


Word in the News
Thursdays 12:00-1:00pm at Bethnal Green, Zacchaeus Project 

The Walking Group from Zacchaeus Project visited Wesley's Chapel for a guided tour of Wesley's House and Museum. The organist demonstrated Charles Wesley's parlour organ in the Foundery chapel.

foundery cw organ


Group from Bethnal Green at Wesley's Chapel

Worried about debt...or know someone who is?
Stepchange Debt charity provides free debt advice online and over the phone. They are working in partnership with Zacchaeus but the service is open to anyone. If you are worried about debt in anyway then visit their website or if you prefer to speak to someone, call 0800 138 1111 

The FoodCycle charity holds a community meal on Friday evenings 7pm at Bow Road church. The charity sources good quality food from supermarkets that is soon to reach its sell-by date. If you want to know more, visit the website ( contact Matt ( or 020 7729 2775  More volunteers to assist would be welcome

Meets Fridays at Bow Road Church  See website 

The circuit’s Band for Life played again at the Early Bloom Festival at the Crossrail Roof Garden in Canary Wharf in June.

Watch a clip of the group sing-a-long last time they were there:

Members of the Band enjoying an evening out at the Royal Albert Hall


One tin at a time for Whitechapel Mission


Very grateful for the latest carload of food, toiletries and clothes 
Special plea from the Mission;

Could we add some biscuits to the 'needed' listHomeless and very hungry folk arriving at the Mission doors at 06.00 are offered biscuits to tide them over until breakfast. Currently in short supply!

Some of the other items currently ‘desperate’ are: Nutella, Peanut Butter, Sugar, Coffee, Baked Beans, Honey, Instant Hot Chocolate and tinned Plum Tomatoes (not chopped), plus toothbrushes, razors, men’s underwear, socks etc 
See list on box in Churches for latest info).


Whitechapel Mission Champions -
Champion the cause 
Each of our churches now has a ‘Whitechapel champion’ who will act as advocate for the Whitechapel Mission in their congregations. Dedicated during the Circuit Service, they are: Sheila deWinter (Bethnal Green), Sarah Wilson (Bow Road) John Singleton (Poplar) and Jeanette Martin (Old Ford). 
This is an essential task for publicising the work of the Mission

Tower Hamlets Circuit is registered for the Easyfundraising site, which means you can raise money for the church when you buy online via Easyfundraising.

1. Register as a user and choose “Methodist Church in Tower Hamlets” as your cause
2. Go to first when you buy online. Find the retailer’s name, click through to their site and do your shopping
3. The church gets a percentage of what you spend
There are lots of retailers taking part including:  Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Ebay,, Clark’s, British Airways

For full address and details of each church in the circuit, see Congregations


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